Job 30:2
New International Version
Of what use was the strength of their hands to me, since their vigor had gone from them?

New Living Translation
A lot of good they are to me— those worn-out wretches!

English Standard Version
What could I gain from the strength of their hands, men whose vigor is gone?

Berean Study Bible
What use to me was the strength of their hands, since their vigor had left them?

King James Bible
Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished?

New King James Version
Indeed, what profit is the strength of their hands to me? Their vigor has perished.

New American Standard Bible
“Indeed, what good was the strength of their hands to me? Vigor had perished from them.

NASB 1995
“Indeed, what good was the strength of their hands to me? Vigor had perished from them.

NASB 1977
“Indeed, what good was the strength of their hands to me? Vigor had perished from them.

Amplified Bible
“Indeed, how could the strength of their hands profit me? Vigor had perished from them.

Christian Standard Bible
What use to me was the strength of their hands? Their vigor had left them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What use to me was the strength of their hands? Their vigor had left them.

American Standard Version
Yea, the strength of their hands, whereto should it profit me? Men in whom ripe age is perished.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In those days that I despised their fathers and I did not value them with the dogs of my flocks

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Yea, why had I the strength of their hands? for them the full term of life was lost.

Contemporary English Version
And those who insult me are helpless themselves.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The strength of whose hands was to me as nothing, and they were thought unworthy of life itself.

English Revised Version
Yea, the strength of their hands, whereto should it profit me? men in whom ripe age is perished.

Good News Translation
They were a bunch of worn-out men, too weak to do any work for me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Of what use to me was the strength of their hands? Their strength is gone.

International Standard Version
Furthermore, what could I have gained from men whose strength is gone?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yea, the strength of their hands, whereto should it profit me? Men in whom ripe age is perished.

Literal Standard Version
Also—the power of their hands, why [is it] to me? On them old age has perished.

NET Bible
Moreover, the strength of their hands--what use was it to me? Men whose strength had perished;

New Heart English Bible
Of what use is the strength of their hands to me, men in whom ripe age has perished?

World English Bible
Of what use is the strength of their hands to me, men in whom ripe age has perished?

Young's Literal Translation
Also -- the power of their hands, why is it to me? On them hath old age perished.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job's Honor Turned into Contempt
1“But now they mock me, men younger than I am, whose fathers I would have refused to entrust with my sheep dogs. 2 What use to me was the strength of their hands, since their vigor had left them? 3Gaunt from poverty and hunger, they gnawed the dry land, and the desolate wasteland by night.…

Cross References
Job 30:1
"But now they mock me, men younger than I am, whose fathers I would have refused to entrust with my sheep dogs.

Job 30:3
Gaunt from poverty and hunger, they gnawed the dry land, and the desolate wasteland by night.


Treasury of Scripture

Yes, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished?









(2) Whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, is the description of the fathers; Job 30:3 seqq. describes their children. The people here spoken of seem to have been somewhat similar to those known to the ancients as Troglodytes (Herod. iv. 183, &c.), the inhabitants of caves, who lived an outcast life and had manners and customs of their own. They are desolate with want and famine. They flee into the wilderness on the eve of wasteness and desolation, or when all is dark (yester night), waste, and desolate. It is evident that Job must have been familiar with a people of this kind, an alien and proscribed race living in the way he mentions.

Verse 2. - Yes, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me? Men, who had no such strength in their hands as to yield an employer any profit - poor, weak creatures, in whom old age (rather, manly vigour) was perished. An effete race seems to be pointed at, without strength or stamina, nerveless, spiritless, "destined to early decay and premature death;" but how they had sunk into such a condition is not apparent. Too often such remanents are merely tribes physically weak, whom more powerful ones have starved and stunted, driving them into the least productive regions, and in every way making life hard for them.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Indeed,
גַּם־ (gam-)
Conjunction
Strong's 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

what use
לָ֣מָּה (lām·māh)
Preposition-l | Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

to me
לִּ֑י (lî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew

was the strength
כֹּ֣חַ (kō·aḥ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3581: A small reptile (of unknown species)

of their hands,
יְ֭דֵיהֶם (yə·ḏê·hem)
Noun - fdc | third person masculine plural
Strong's 3027: A hand

since their vigor
כָּֽלַח׃ (kā·laḥ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3624: Firm or rugged strength

had left them?
אָ֣בַד (’ā·ḇaḏ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6: To wander away, lose oneself, to perish


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